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Matavera Pre-schoolers visit Football

Following the 2012 London Olympic Games the pre-schoolers commenced their ‘Olympic exploration’ and this week they conclude their exploration by visiting sport code facilities around the island.
Wednesday at 9am they arrived at the CIFA complex with parents and caregivers for their excursion tour followed by a kick around on the pitches and finishing their visit with a shared lunch.
“We thought that our little ones should know about the sporting facilities available here on the island and of course we saw the need to include football,” said Matavera teacher, Tarota Carfax-Fosters.
“Our pre-schoolers have been watching the Olympic Games and have indicated their interest in the many sports available here in the island,” said Carfax-Fosters.
She also went on to say that these visits to the many different facilities will also enhance their learning and to allow the children to experience what is available in the community.
Matavera Primary School is no stranger to football in particular football activities such as the Just Play program, they have in ways supported football by allowing their children to participate in the practical sessions and festivals of Just Play.
At lunch breaks it is obvious to take notice what games the children are playing and most times you see soccer balls being kicked around and excitement of children’s voices echoing across the school grounds.
“You never know these children may surprise us in the future by excelling in a sporting event they choose and of course in football”, she concluded.
It has been an opportunity for the children to learn that there is a pathway for football through a program that the Cook Islands Football Association has set up since 2009 for Under 16 boys.
Elite players are drafted from clubs around Rarotonga and the outer islands, a program which is run for one year with an intense training schedule in preparation for an Under 17 Men’s Oceania tournament the following year.
The academy program has also seen many players selected in a football scholarship where players travel to New Zealand to attend Mt Albert Grammar or Auckland Grammar Boys colleges to train and play football.
During the Olympic Games, Oceania was in the highlights through the men’s and women’s football teams while the women’s team the Football Ferns made history by winning their first game and qualified for the quarter finals in an international football competition.
Cook Islands Football is thankful to Mrs. Carfax-Foster for choosing football as part of their excursion tour and would like to wish the children all the best in the rest of their ‘Olympic week’.

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